James Ryan Caddy and Constance Annie Carson were married in St Peter’s Church, in the parish of Radford, Nottingham, England on the 18 August 1883, 130 years ago next week. They arrived in Western Australia on the 8th July 1884. From this information, we know that they would have been living in England during the census year of 1881.
Using Ancestry.com the following 1881 Census images show that both James and Constance (AKA Annie) were living in the same county of Nottingham, however, Annie, aged 19, was in the parish of Lenton, while James, 22, was in Radford. From the map shown, both these parishes are next to each other, making it extremely likely that they attended the same church and later married at St Peter’s in Radford.
We have all heard the story of Robin Hood and the Major Oak tree in Sherwood Forest, which, according to local folklore, was Robin Hood’s hideout. The oak tree is between 800 and 1,000 years old and, since the Victorian era, its massive limbs have been partially supported by an elaborate system of scaffolding. In February 1998, a local company took cuttings from the Major Oak and began cultivating clones of the famous tree with the intention of sending saplings to be planted in major cities around the world. Read about Sherwood Forest here.
Here is a photo of the major oak from our trip to Nottingham on the 12th August, 1998, 15 years ago to the day. How’s that for coincidence that I needed this photo for my post today!
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